blackdogandgingercat

    About

    A big, warm welcome from Lydia Needle and all the gang at blackdogandgingercat.

    I have been working professionally as a fibre artist and designer for three years now, I teach felting and produce kits for people to learn at home. I absolutely adore my medium, British wool, and it’s incredible properties and diversity and the eco credentials it carries, and the fact that it is produced locally in this beautiful county of Somerset makes me want to promote it further.  

    2016 was  an amazingly fulfilling and creative year and 2017 is just soooo exciting because I'm working on this:

    Fifty BEES: The Interconnectedness of All Things
    Did you know that there are around 250 different bees in Britain which include 24 species of bumblebees, 225 solitary bees and just one honeybee?
    Did you also know that many are in decline; how will we survive without them….we wouldn’t?
    The focus of Fifty BEES: The Interconnectedness of All Things is to illustrate how diverse our bee population is, how endangered it is and how pivotal they all are to our ecosystem.
    The plan is for me to produce 50 small, life-size bee pieces in wool and the other 50 artists, makers, writers etc. to produce one companion piece, each in response to the habitat, linked wildlife, ecology, flight, sound, predators, (or whatever they choose) of 1 specific British bee; they will use media of their choice.

    The exhibition will take place this July at ACEarts in Somerset from 1st – 22nd July 2017 although the deadline for the completion of work will be the end of April.

    But if you do fancy coming to say hello, this is where you’ll find me, I’ve included some dates for next year as needlefelt classes will be fairly limited so planning and booking is essential.

    MARKETS Where you can find me over the next few months

    Bath Artisan May 14th, June 11th, August 13th, September 10th, October 8th, November 12th.

    Needlefelt classes

    If you'd like to learn how to needle felt yourself, I teach classes in the South West of England, the next one is here:

    Saturday 29th April 2017                         10 – 4pm                   £50pp

    Needlefelt Bears or Hares at The Slipped Stitch in Sherborne, Dorset

    Contact Millie at the shop if you’d like to come along on 01935 508249 or via Info@theslippedstitch.co.uk

     

    Saturday 20th May 2017                           10 – 4pm                   £50pp

    Needlefelt British Birds at The Slipped Stitch in Sherborne, Dorset

    Contact Millie at the shop if you’d like to come along on 01935 508249 or via Info@theslippedstitch.co.uk 

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    In the meantime, if you'd like to see the other work that I produce, you can find that at www.lydianeedle.com or you can contact me use the 'Email us' link below: